As Pakistan military and militants enter the third week of armed conflict, over 2.5 million people have been displaced by violence and the numbers are expected to rise. The United Nations Refugee Agency believes this may become the largest displacement of people since the Rwanda crisis and is calling for hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid for relief efforts.
Displaced people in Pakistan are facing a crisis in food, clean water and shelter. Many people have witnessed violence and education and health services have been disrupted. A major concern is the medical assistance needed by those fleeing the fighting and forced to live in camps or with host families.
PWRDF is working with other church denominations in Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help thousands of displaced families. The local partner Church World Service – Pakistan/Afghanistan, a member of the Action by Churches Together International network, is responding to the needs of the most severely affected and working to ease this humanitarian crisis.
For further information, please contact Naba Gurung,
Humanitarian Response coordinator, PWRDF
416-924-9199 ext. 321, firstname.lastname@example.org